Plants and Gardening

One of the biggest challenge to live in US for me, to get inexpensive healthy food.
Meat and junk food is cheap in this country. But buying vegetables, cooking fresh veggies for every day meal, whole another story. I simply could not believe how expensive such basic vegetables; green leaves lettuces, parsleys, arugula, peppers, so on a couple of years. Every time I am in grocery store I am amazed to pay a bunch of parsley almost a dolar. That is simply insane number to me.

When I was living in Turkey, I used to go once a week to local bazaar, to buy all my fresh vegetables and fruits there inexpensively. For instance a bunch of parsley would cost 20 cents instead of a dollar. A lettuce perhaps 50 cents. Arugula would be 10 cents. What is wrong with vegetable prices here?

I understand shipping cost a lot. Packaging cost also. But do you really individually need to pack greens? How unnecessary is that? Instead of packaging in every item for an individual, why not just selling cheaper price, let people buy it more? Of course if you make fresh veggies and fruits so pricey, you are also pushing people to eat more junk food. It is endless bad loop here. More junk food, more obesity, more sick people, consume more drugs, so on. Beside the drug companies, health insurance companies who is gaining profit? Certainly people are losing it in this big game. I see young generation already addicted junk food and struggling with their weights.

I like gardening. I wanted to grow my simple cherry tomatoes, lettuce, mint, parsley aragula in my place, however I live in downtown condo. My balcony is very shady. Beside arugula and parsley nothing else grow much.
I lived here 6 years. I guess at some point I had enough. I wanted to see green, touch the soil, get dirty when I am plating and growing my own food. That is it, I am moving. I am packing now, getting ready for my tiny garden where I can enjoy smell of basil when wind blows.

I saw this TED talk’s Ron Finley video. He is right if we care more about spending time in a garden, ‘any garden’, we may connect better with earth as well as others.

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”